Mar 062010

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Instead of conventional Christmas lights, use LED Christmas lights to make your Christmas season greener. Most stores that stock their shelves with Christmas shelves carry LED Christmas lights, too. A greener Christmas really is a possibility!

LED Christmas lights, which last ten times longer than the traditional variety, also consume less energy. They use 75% less energy. This means you can enjoy electrical savings when you use LED lights this holiday season.

Just like the traditional string lights, LED Christmas lights are available in a variety of sizes and shapes like “mini” and “globe.” Both icicle and net forms are on the market as well. Regardless of the color you prefer, you should be able to find them in stores.

LED Christmas lights are safer than traditional lights. For instance, you can safely connect several strings without worrying about overheating being a problem. That said, it’s still wise to consult the box or manual to see how many strings the manufacturer says you can safely connect.

If you want to be really energy conscious, choose LED Christmas lights that are solar powered. These lights harness the sun’s energy. Some models are designed to light up at night. A 50-light string might cost around $17 on Amazon. You’ll save a lot more energy and money when you purchase this type of LED string lighting.

People are sometimes turned off by the initial cost of LED Christmas lights. And, of course, there’s no denying that LED light strands cost more than conventional incandescents. That said, more efficient and greener lighting solutions pay for themselves in the long run despite the higher initial investment.

If you can’t spend money on LED Christmas lights and still have working incandescent lights, you can buy Christmas light timers for your existing lights. These timers regulate the amount of energy your lights use. Additionally, these timers can help burglar-proof your house because they turn off and on automatically, thereby giving the impression that someone is at home even if you’re out of town visiting friends and family.

Regarding safety concerns, you should always observe safety protocols whether you use incandescent or LED Christmas lights. For instance, by making sure you don’t pull on the cord when you unplug the lights, you can prevent tearing of the wiring inside. Check for damage before storing any strands. Don’t use lights that have loose connections, broken sockets, or bare wires. Store Christmas Lights, and any electrical decorations, in a dry place where they can’t be damaged by water. Keep them out of children’s reach during storage, to ensure the wires are not damaged.

Christmas is a time in which we can make our planet and our future greener as we also celebrate our family and religion in this season of giving. We know that every little bit counts, but it’s also true that all of our steps combined can stretch for miles.

About the author: Megan Barlow helps others learn to live greener and more eco-friendly lives. Find out more about sustainable living at her blog on Green and Environmentally Friendly Gadgets.

This article was originally posted at LED Christmas Lights for a Greener Holiday.

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